On any given day across our 8 county service area, one out of every six citizens is food insecure, which represents 281,000 people. Among them, 68 percent make choices daily between paying for food or paying for healthcare.

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you know someone struggling with hunger due to health issues like breast cancer, or for any other reason, please encourage them to visit this website and click on the “Get Help” tab.”
According to physicians and nutrition experts, there is a direct correlation between a diet and cancer. The Mayo Clinic says that although making healthy selections at the grocery store and at mealtime can’t guarantee cancer prevention, it might help reduce the risk of cancer.

Consider these guidelines when it comes to your diet:

• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Base your diet on fruits, vegetables and other foods from plant sources — such as whole grains and beans.

• Limit fat. Eat lighter and leaner by choosing fewer high-fat foods, particularly those from animal sources. High-fat diets tend to be higher in calories and might increase the risk of overweight or obesity — which can, in turn, increase cancer risk.

The Mayo Clinic also notes that if you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. The risk of various types of cancer — including cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver — increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly.